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school, before working for the city government, first as an investigator in the whistle- blowers department, and a few decades after california passed laws forbidding agents from -- asians from owning land, he became the first chinese- american mayor. now his mustache has its own twitter feed. i feel badly for the audience, because they can only hear the mustache. it is truly awesome up close. his predecessor, gavin newsom, was famous for the amount of here joe he used. please welcome mayor ed lee. [applause] mayor lee: thank you. should i stand up here, joe? is this right. ok. thank you out, everybody. at it is my pleasure to be here, to share with you what it has been like for the first quarter, maybe a third of this year, but also to begin by telling you this is a very unique city. and i continue to be so enthralled by the wonderful people who live here, that work here, even though i finished the ninth of tin budget town hall meetings, numerous meetings with community-based agencies, inviting people who have not been there for years, as they tell me. i am hearing so many stori
of this year, but also to begin by telling you this is a very unique city. and i continue to be so enthralled by the wonderful people who live here, that work here, even though i finished the ninth of tin budget town hall meetings, numerous meetings with community-based agencies, inviting people who have not been there for years, as they tell me. i am hearing so many stories, stories about white people came to san francisco. and just -- about why people came to san francisco. and just so many stories about whether or not their dreams or conditions were fulfilled, or they are here working were living with their families or they are trying to conduct business here. it has been wonderful. a lot of people have been asking -- i really -- to i really enjoy it? the word " julyenjoy -- "enjoy" is a little strong. i set out on a commitment that i would do this for a year. i made a commitment i would try my best to unify the city and then set out to do at least five priorities. at least one of them has been fully accomplished, but the five priorities were budget, balancing the city's budget. we still h
are thrilled to have all of these people joining us. seven out of 10 people in the city now bicycle. it may be people like me who ride every day, or it may be people who just want to ride one day a month or so. that is wonderful. what we are experiencing across the board, though, is less than safe conditions on the streets. one of the top icomplaints thati hear are complaints about the pot holes. just as high as we were about traffic moving too fast. right up there in the top three is that fear of paul's. it is a very unsafe condition. i know that on my own ride home, i need to dodge them. this is also a great opportunity not just to bring our streets back up to par, which we must do, not only for economic but safety reasons, but also to go to great streets. we can make some of our good streets into great streets. we have seen this on a valencia, in the mission corridor. we want to make sure that walking, biking, transit all have a wonderful experience in the community. we are happy to be supporting this. thank you. [applause] thank you. that was a great way to end. i did want to acknowledg
is to develop a pool of candidates that is inclusive of all segments of our city's population. >> the jury conducts investigations and publishes findings and recommendations. these reports them become a key part of the civic dialog on how we can make san francisco a better place to live and work. >> i want to encourage anyone that is on the fence, is considering participating as a grand jury member, to do so. >> so if you are interested in our local city government and would like to work with 18 other enthusiastic citizens committed to improving its operations, i encourage you to consider applying for service on the civil grand jury. >> for more information, visit the civil grand jury website at sfgov.org/courts or call mayor lee: i am honored to be here at the board chambers to present my proposed budget for fiscal year 2011-2012, and i want to just start by saying that it is a pretty happy time for me because we have got a budget that is on time, that is balanced, and maybe on like our -- unlike our cities to the east or to the south, it is one that i think reflects a very solid cooperat
have got a budget that is on time, that is balanced, and maybe on like our -- unlike our cities to the east or to the south, it is one that i think reflects a very solid cooperation with our board of supervisors, with our neighborhoods, with our community-based agencies, and with all our departments. at the beginning of this year -- actually as late as last year, we projected a $380 million deficit. former mayor gavin newsom had set us on a course that we have to be very focused on this, challenging us. we did that. we followed his advice and work with our departments to make sure that they came forth with what they believed would be a balanced budget. closing this deficit, and as it became clear to us that the budget was not only challenging, but that we could make it, that each of the department began working closer with us about how we could fill that gap, and it has not been easy. i want to say at the outset that i want to thank the departments for working closely with the mayor's budget staff. it is incredible, the work that you do. being here for over 21 years, i find it s
are interested in our local city government and would like to work with 18 other enthusiastic citizens committed to improving its operations, i encourage you to consider applying for service on the civil grand jury. >> for more information, visit the civil grand jury website at sfgov.org/courts or call mayor lee: i am honored to be here at the board chambers to present my proposed budget for fiscal year 2011-2012, and i want to just start by saying that it is a pretty happy time for me because we have got a budget that is on time, that is balanced, and maybe on like our -- unlike our cities to the east or to the south, it is one that i think reflects a very solid cooperation with our board of supervisors, with our neighborhoods, with our community-based agencies, and with all our departments. at the beginning of this year -- actually as late as last year, we projected a $380 million deficit. former mayor gavin newsom had set us on a course that we have to be very focused on this, challenging us. we did that. we followed his advice and work with our departments to make sure that they came forth w
that a budget is reflective of our values in the city. in addition to reflecting our values, i do think this budget also represents a lot of hope. because our city is now on the rebound already, and i can feel that you can all feel it here, just in the span of six months, we began this year with a tremendous challenge in our unemployment rate, being over 10% -- 10.1% as of january. today, the unemployment rate has gone down to 8.5%. we also recognize that our city has grown in the last 10 years, by over 3%, from 776,000 to now over 805,000, and that is just residents alone. we continue to attract major companies in this city, companies who want to be here. they want to be your as partners and collaborators and, as we suggest, they want to hire san franciscans. we want to meet that challenge and we want to work with them. at the beginning of this budget, made a commitment to myself that i would do my best to listen to every part of this city, to all the neighborhoods, to the supervisors, and to the corridors that we held compound meetings at. not only what i want to listen to them, ultim
to move these documents forward. i think if you have diversity in the city of san francisco and you identify the racial background of the person who complains, he should also have these documents related to the policeman on the other side. the occ has not complied with any requests that i have made since last year. it is getting a little tiring. we are all in the same city. two is that even though occ complaints have gone down, i don't have that on any reflection of occ themselves. that is more likely on the policeman doing a better job in terms of communicating with the public at large. and i think that is the issue. so i address you in this particular case that i would like those documents, as requested. ms. hicks has my letters. she should bring them forward. so that i can close my case without any further inquiry in terms of what the actual numbers are and what the actual official documents are. because i think my whole case, since ms. hicks lost the documents twice, the investigator lost the documents for the third time, when i stood before the police commission, there somethin
of you to our district town hall budget meeting with major league and a well-represented sf of city hall. we will get into quite a few issues. i just want to say how much i am delighted to see all of you. if you will do me a favor and show a little pride for dick -- district 5, how about a round of applause for our great district and great city hall staff? i have to tell you, we have been together all day. we have watched a good portion of district 5 in the fillmore, in and around the area, and i have to say how ratifying it was to be with the mayor in the fillmore, talking about truancy, talking about public safety, talking with da gascon, and we want to get down to brass tacks issues, not as public safety, but the root causes of job placement, giving our youth something to aspire to, giving an adult something they can turn to, being able to reach out. that is what tonight is part of. it is not just but district 5, but citywide. we are facing the fifth year. there is a chronic budget deficit, or fourth year. it feels like the fourth year. we have navigated the budget in previous years.
see transportation in the -- we oversee transportation in the city. >> i am the third greg on the panel, chief of police. >> ann of northern station. >> ed riskin of the department of public works. >> i maria, director for the department of children, youth, and their families. >> ladies and gentlemen -- >> thank you. thank you. thank you. can everybody hear me? all right. you may not see me, but you can hear me. ed lee, your mayor. i'm happy to join supervisor mirkarimi and all of the department heads here tonight. this is the ninth of the 10 town hall meetings we had all of the city to introduce to you the challenge of our budget, but most importantly, to listen to you tell us what san francisco's priorities ought to be, and i have been doing this because i believe that our budget should never be decided within just the halls of city hall, that we have to go out to every community and open up the dialogue and allow you to tell us those priorities. i made that promise to the board of supervisors. all of our budget should reflect what people need, what people want the most,
us feel wonderful and accepted and celebrated. >> there is a lot of city agencies, city departments, divisions that offer up their employees to help us out since overwhelming response, it's unbelievable at how city government works. this is the time that san francisco city employees have really outshined san francisco's clerk's office didn't need to hear from the mayor to say what's your plan. they offered a plan and said here is our strategy. here is what we can do. we can add all of these computers here and there. we can connect our databases, we can expand our capacity by x. we can open up early and stay late and stay open on the weekends. it's unbelievable. we can coordinate all of the training for our volunteers and them in as deputy marriage commissioners and make sure it's signed and certified. that's an example and a model for others. this is -- what happens is when people prove that things can be done, it just raises the bar for what is possible for everyone else. >> it kind of went cooled plan and this is what we planned for. in some respects, people have kind of commented
and the department of environment on the city's climate action plan. and these panels consist of businesses, community organizations, advocates and nonprofits. so they're going to come up and each one of them is going to introduce themselves, read you their short recommendations and hand it to you so that you can keep it in perpetuity. or keep it for reference the next time we come back asking for questions. the first one we have is energy independence. [applause] >> my name is karrie, and i'm the managing director and a member of the energy independence advisory panel. and i'd like to read our findings to you. forgive me for reading from this, but i want to make sure i get it right. the city and county of san francisco recognizes that energy use in buildings is the single largest contributor to the city and county of san francisco's carbon footprints. therefore, the san francisco department of the environment has brought together two sets of stakeholders to advise the city on building with energy issues. the first is the renewable task force. the second of which, we, the undersigned are me
one. >> item 1. charter amendment (third draft) to amend the charter of the city and county of san francisco by -- regarding city retirement benefits and health care benefits. commissioner kim: because we heard this item last week, we are just going to hear public comment. please line up if you have any public comment. good morning. -- >> good morning. i have a question for the board for which i have no -- i do not think i will get an answer. why should we expect our representatives to do any more to live up to this agreement than you have in the past? the reason i say that is, in past years, boards of supervisors have entered into negotiations with city employees on retirement, the different things that accrue over the years, and they made commitments to those city employees, saying we would give you this and that. they entered into what i considered bad faith agreements. in that same budget year, they would pass a budget that would pay for immediate expenditures and put almost nothing assigned for the items that were accruing over the years. each year, it got further behind and t
that is the community's strategy that supervisor campos, i know you will be representing the city. these are findings that will help us get to a lot of these decisions. we will incorporate new data and the methodology. what we will be requesting the board to do is to really help us prioritize these short term actions and come back with a more robust set of programs that will hull these various strategies. we will be coming back every two years. that concludes my presentation and i am happy to answer any question that you might have. supervisor campos: colleagues, any questions? why don't we open it up for public comment? is there any member of the public that like to speak? public comment is closed. i'm sorry. please. >> good afternoon, i am the climate action coordinator with the department of the environment. i want to give you a brief bit of context. supervisor campos: this is not part of public comment. go ahead. i was confused about what was doing what. >> the plan, the climate strategy, the city has a large climate action strategy that we committed ourselves to greenhouse production goals. this
and the special jewels that are the urban villages we live in. i ran for office because i wanted to serve the city and protect all that is so special about san francisco. >> what lessons did you learn after campaigning for supervisor? >> san franciscans are incredibly interested in their city government, local politics, and making sure that we remain the most amazing city in the world. i learned that san franciscans during campaign read everything they are sent in the mail. they love to meet the candidates and engage in conversations with them. i learned how important it is to build bridges between different communities, particularly communities of diversity that we have. i was incredibly honored to have been elected in november of 2008. >> where do you place yourself on the political spectrum? >> i consider myself someone who shares the progressive values that many sentences can hold dear. we have been a beacon to the rest of the world region that many sentences skins hold dear. we have been a beacon to the rest of the world for those. >> you are president of the board. describe the role of the o
not have success, and we solve the major obstacle for this wonderful institution. with the city of san francisco as well. and the goals were said very clearly. we needed to do this to achieve financial stability. what is happening now, is immediately after the crisis was solved, we restructured the museum so that we could better streamline the operation with more of a focus on business development. there was the revenue and the sources that helped to sustain what ever the program was that we wanted to develop further with the mission. looking at the next coming fiscal year starting on july 1, we will show public engagement campaign, in order to boost further awareness of this institution and to develop a new program and last but not least, to initiate what is required of us by the agreement between the museum and the city, but also as a further growth of the museum debt. they have this potential. i would like to share with you some wonderful news. if you look outside of your window, going back to the office with a wonderful exhibition, we have received spectacular revues. the new york
he is joined by his mother. go ahead,. >> hello. [inaudible] mayor lee said he wants the city to be safe, the word means more than one thing. will walk to school, play outside, or go shopping with our parents, but it also means that we should also help people who need food, the doctor, or a place to sleep. the whole city is stronger when we make sure we can all feel safe. today, we are hearing about how we can grow a stronger, healthier, safer san francisco for all our city's families and children. [applause] >> thanks, zack. next, to talk about a solvent city, i would like to invite and 11-year-old just graduated from harvey milk civil rights academy. she will be going into the sixth grade this fall. she likes horseback riding and reading. she will also be going to camps and taking some road trips by bus the summer. she is joined today by her mother. >> i just graduated from harvey milk civil rights academy. i'll be going into sixth grade this year at everett middle school. students at my school work hard every day. we are planning for our future. the same way the mayor is pl
retrofit project as well as to celebrate the construction completion of 29 other projects here in the city of san francisco. the university mount reservoir is the fifth to be retrofitted as part of the water system improvement program since 2003. i think it is important to remember that every time we complete a project like this, we are a step closer to making our system completely seismically reliable and to ensure our 2.5 million customers have drinking water, and that we have an adequate supply to fight fires following a major seismic event. how did we seismically retrofit this 125-year-old structure? we installed a number of super frames to support the roof structure. we added multiple sheer walls and stained -- and frames. we also drilled 500 miles through the bottom of the reservoir to anchor it to the bedrock to prevent it from sliding. we completely sealed and waterproofed the roof. with all of these upgrades completed, this reservoir will be possible of heating be -- feeding the entire city following a major earthquake. be completed some improvements to the inlet-outlet piping of
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